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Whether you're a first time visitor or a frequent tourist, New York City is a destination like no other. From the magnificent skyscrapers and mesmerizing lights of Times Square to the shows on Broadway and green oasis of Central Park, there is always an adventure waiting for you. Since there is so much to do and see, AAA Travel has narrowed down a few good ways to spend your time while visiting.

 

Located in the center of Midtown Manhattan, the Empire State Building is a must-see landmark. Ride the elevator to the Main Deck on the 86th Floor to check out the views from the open-air observatory. The observation deck wraps around the building's spire and offers 360 degree views of New York and beyond. Then head up to the Top Deck on the 102nd floor for a bird's eye view of the city. On a clear day, you can see 80 miles in the distance. Stay at Nyma, The New York Manhattan Hotel, for close proximity to the Empire State Building.

 

Take in a show in the Broadway Theater District. If you’re flexible, visit the Times Square TKTS booth at Broadway & 47th Street Monday through Saturday between 3pm and 8pm to save up to 50% on same-day performances. Get there early to avoid long lines. Before or after your show, dine at Carmine's for homestyle Italian cuisine. Then, take a short 3-minute walk back to Hotel Mela Times Square, where you can relax and rest after a busy day.  

 

Treat yourself to dim sum in Chinatown. These small portions of food – shrimp dumplings, pot stickers, and spring rolls – are usually wheeled past your table on carts so that you can pick and choose what you desire. Walk off your feast afterwards by strolling through the narrow streets and stop at one of the many colorful shops. Stay right outside of Chinatown in trendy Soho. The Solita Soho Hotel, An Ascend Hotel Collection, is close to all the action.

 

Indulge in an Italian feast or sip a cappuccino at an outdoor café in Little Italy. You will appreciate the assortment of cheeses, olives, and fresh breads offered in the local stores. In September, the neighborhood comes alive during the Feast of San Gennaro, a street party featuring parades, music, delectable foods, and a cannoli-eating contests. Step away from the crowds and unwind at The Best Western Bowery Hanbee Hotel

 

Stroll along Fifth Avenue to experience a true shopping mecca including Saks Fifth Avenue, Cartier, and Tiffany’s. Even if you’re not a shopper, the window displays are delightful. In the winter, take a spin around the ice skating rink and marvel at the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Stay at the Lexington New York City, Autograph Collection, centrally located to some of the best shopping in the city.

 

Make your way down to SoHo, South of Houston Street, home to hip art galleries, great restaurants, and trendy shops. SoHo also boasts an impressive collection of cast-iron architecture. Take a walking tour to experience its grandeur and pop into TopShop for some goodies, without the desginer price tag. While you're there, visit the Converse store to customize your own kicks with cool graphics. Located close to SoHo, Tribeca, and West Village neighborhoods, Arlo Soho offers guests many dining and shopping options.

 

A trip to New York City wouldn't be complete without taking a ferry to The Statue of Liberty or Ellis Island. If you don't have time to fit in both, you can catch a glimpse of the statue from the ferry to Ellis Island. You'll learn quite a bit as you research your ancestors and have a new found appreciation for their struggles. Stay at RIFF Downtown, located neary Battery Park, where you can catch the ferry to Ellis Island.

 

AAA Travel can help you plan an unforgettable trip to New York City. Our expert travel agents can book your flight, hotel, tours, and tickets so you can focus on having a good time. For your convenience, you can search flight options here. Call 1-800-463-8646 for more information,  or visit one of our local AAA Travel branches today.

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